Pigs

OUR APPROACH

Our kind of work. We’re like pigs in…..when it comes to pig health

We like nothing more than getting covered in mud and looking after pigs. And it’s important work too, as pigs can carry diseases called Zoonoses. These are nasties that can spread from pigs to humans...with potentially fatal consequences.

Leptospirosis is one such zoonotic disease. Symptoms can range from mild flu to multiple organ failure, even death. Another is Erysipelas rhusiopathiae or ‘Diamond Skin Disease’, a rather horrible nasty that causes infections on human skin.

If your pigs need attention because they aren't well or you would like to talk about keeping them well, please get in touch. We offer a number of other services for pigs, such as putting rings in their noses (using anaesthetic) vaccinations, nutritional supplements, wormers etc...you name it and we can help.

THE BENEFITS

Why VetSouth is a great choice

We're locals

We’ve been in the lower South Island for decades. It’s where we’re from and where we raise our families.

Wide network

We’re plugged into the Veterinary world and our team can call on expertise from all over the world, then deliver it locally.

Handy clinics

We’re close to you for consults, supplements, supplies...whatever you need. Pop on in or organise a delivery.

   

INNOVATION & RESEARCH

A never ending quest for improvement and advancement

Researching animal welfare and pathology is a passion we share, with our work being used by industry bodies such as Dairy NZ, the Sustainable Farming Fund and Beef & Lamb.

FURTHER READING

Latest news

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Ovine embryo transfer (E.T.)

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Meet the vet flock: James

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Making the most of winter shearing

Every farmer is continually assessing risk vs opportunity and shearing decisions are no different. We see many shearing decisions being tweaked in the current farming climate. It's all part of theRead more

Lambs: The final push to the gate!

It's the time of year when most farmers will not have too many lambs left, but, we do still see some around. What’s the plan for them and what do you need to consider? If you're wanting to holdRead more

Are your hinds hitting in-calf targets?

Just as with sheep and cattle, scanning your hinds can give you valuable information for the season ahead and also allow for some short-term decisions to be made. Ideally, you are aiming for a 99%Read more

Avoiding parasites – all stock classes

If we can be successful at avoiding parasites, we will be able to farm into the future without the need to rely so heavily on drenches to keep our stock healthy!  If you're farming with resistance,Read more

Haematomas: Treatment and care

A sudden large lump discovered on your horse can be quite distressing when first noticed. This is probably going to be a haematoma.  A haematoma is a solid swelling of clotted blood within theRead more

Preventing dental disease

Horse’s teeth continually erupt throughout their lifetime, which means that regular dentistry is essential to prevent and identify problems.Read more

Bent-legged foals

Each year we see several foals born with limb deformities, or ‘bent’ legs. Sometimes, these can be quite a challenge to correct. Limb deformities come in two types: Angular limb deformitiesRead more

Keep your furry friend smiling

Nothing warms your heart more than your happy, smiling dog welcoming you home at the end of the day.  Just like us, to keep that happy smile, cats and dogs rely on healthy teeth and gums for theirRead more
 

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